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16 April 2018, 03:35 | Israel Caldwell
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While he shared a 50-run partnership with skipper Gautam Gambhir (15) for the opening wicket, the opener also stitched a crucial 69 and 60-run partnership with Rishabh Pant (47) and Shreyas Iyer (27) respectively. Yadav and West Indian opener Evin Lewis combined for an onslaught so brutal no Delhi Daredevils bowler was spared during the innings, taking 84 runs off the Powerplay overs.
Australia's Dan Christian claimed 2-35 and New Zealand's Trent Boult 2-39 as Delhi restricted Mumbai to 194-7 from 20 overs.
He may have started his maiden appearance at the top of the batting order in Twenty20s with a memorably fifty at his home ground, but Suryakumar Yadav wasn't thrilled with his effort.
A breathtaking Hardik Pandya dive halted Glenn Maxwell at 13 off six balls, but there was no let up from Roy and two boundaries, plus a nerve-wracking single, in the final over - with 11 required - got the job done. "Think I should buy Manish some beers after this", he said after receiving the award.
Delhi who lost their opening matches to Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals and the loss to Mumbai would have handed them their third straight defeat. The Mumbai batsman did not disappoint as he scored a half-century but admitted that his side were a few runs short of match-winning total.
Gambhir can heave a sigh of relief after their batting combination clicked following some experimentation in the first two matches. They batted really well and did not give us a chance in first 10-12 overs. "It was defendable. When we started fielding we wanted momentum and early wickets but we couldn't get back".
"It is a little disappointing, not getting even one win out of three". In some matches, the luck didn't go our way but obviously all of us are hitting the ball really well.
Roy hit Mustafizur Rahman's first two deliveries for a four and a six to tie the score, but then missed connecting the next three balls to reduce the equation to one needed off the last ball.
Delhi have issues to address especially in their bowling department which has failed to deliver in each of the three games played so far. "The comeback was superb by the bowlers", said Iyer.
But the hosts have in captain Ravichandran Ashwin a master tactician who happens to be a former Chennai player, and hence someone who will know best how to exploit the weaknesses of his ex-teammates.
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